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Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1

Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1

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With the release of Windows Server 2012 on September 4th and recent announcements by VMware at VMworld it was time to see how we are doing from a technical perspective.

We have released a paper in which we compare Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012 with VMware vSphere Hypervisor and VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus.

In this paper, we have looked at a significant number of the new capabilities that are available within Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, across 4 key investment areas:

  •  Scalability, Performance & Density
  •  Secure Multitenancy
  •  Flexible Infrastructure
  •  High Availability & Resiliency

Across each of these areas, we’ve detailed how Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V offers more scale, a more comprehensive array of customer-driven features and capabilities, and a greater level of extensibility and flexibility than the standalone VMware vSphere Hypervisor or VMware vSphere 5.1. With features such as Hyper-V Replica, cluster sizes of up to 64 nodes and 8,000 virtual machines, Storage and Shared-Nothing Live Migration, the Hyper-V Extensible Switch, Network Virtualization, and powerful guest clustering capabilities, it’s clear to see that Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V offers the most comprehensive virtualization platform for the next generation of cloud-optimized infrastructures.

The paper can be downloaded here.

  • Too late now likely...  You mention this covers "5.1", yet the PDF is named "...5.0.pdf".

  • Just like Microsoft to say that it's un fairly leap frogged the competition. I though MS might have actual gotten it right this time. The partner conference was a little disappointing... Looks like our Enterprise customers will be VMware shops for a bit longer. MS isn't quite there yet? They have made substantial progress though.

  • 8,000 vm / cluster ?

    4,000 vm / cluster

     at TechNet "Hyper-V Server 2012 Comparison"

     at "Hyper-V featurs comparison"

  • @Marco

    It indeed applies to 5.1


    Yes, 8000 VM's in a cluster!

  • 8000 cluster???

  • Yes, 8000 VM's in a cluster!

  • good article. however, majority of clients would like to see how those two vendors compare when it comes to licensing

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